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but they have gotten weaker. one thing i want to point out as you talk about those image as, japan is a country that is relatively well prepared for earthquakes. so, the iimages you're seeing s to the magnitude of the quake we felt earlier today. you know, this is a country that has, you know, plenty of earthquake drills. we feel earthquakes out here all the time. nothing like we felt earlier today in a long time. >> were people heeding those evacuation warning in tokyo? did you see people exiting all those buildings in that densely populated area? >> reporter: know, it's tough to see from our vantage point but based on the images i have seen, i can tell you japanese people take their earthquakes very seriously because they get so many of them. they are looking into the warnings, they are making sure out on the coast at least, to seek higher ground and stay there until they hear otherwise. also people who were inside the buildings evacuating, doing exactly as they were told. >> i'm sure that's definitely the situation in sendai, which we keep going back to because the images are so inkred pibl.
earthquake hit japan friday afternoon. this happened about an hour and 15, 20 minutes ago. japan's meteorological agency says the earthquake measured 8.4. the agency issued a tsunami warning for japan's pacific cost. in northern japan tsunami waves of up to 4 meters were observed soon after the quake. the agency is warning the tsunami could be between 6 and 10 meters. you're seeing some of the tsunami damage so far in miyagi prefecture in the sendai area where some of the homes and farms have been flooded when the tsunami went upstream a river. according to the transport ministry, the international airport has reopened two of its four runways. international airport has reopened two of its four runways. they had earlier closed all. they have reopened two of its four runways. the japan road traffic information center, japan road information center, and police say express ways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. the japan road traffic information center and police say expressways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. according to toshiba elevator, i
in japan. tasteless jokes. >> unbelievable news and disturbing news about a member of the charlie's angels cast. charlie sheen couldn't stay out of "the skinny" long. Ñ Ñ Ñ Ñ ÑÑ ♪ skinny so skinny >>> well, this was a big talker on facebook with our facebook fans yesterday. this gilbert gottfried comments, he made tasteless jokes about the tsunami in japan. some kind of joke he tweeted about, you know, a just broke up with my girlfriend but as the japanese say, another one will float by. really tasteless -- >> in japan, the beach comes to you, you don't go to the beach. >> he was the voice of aflac duck and they stepped in and said, not funny and canned him. he apologized saying, i sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in japan. i meant no disrespect and my thoughts are with victims and their families. on top of that, some folks have rushed to his side saying, wait a minute, this isn't right, including joan rivers and howard stern. howard says here is a guy as long as i can remember making jokes about the n-word, jews. i mean, y
on "america this morning" and "good morning america," we'll take you back to japan for the very latest on the ongoing disaster. >>> in other news, the persian gulf nation of bahrain is under a three month state of emergency. a reaction to what's escalated into deadly political unrest. demonstrators are calling for political reforms and a change in bahrain's long established monarchy. the military force led by saudi arabia has been clashing with the protesters. so far at least three people have died and hundreds more injured. the u.s. navy's main base in the region is located in bahrain. >>> and in libya, moammar gadhafi's forces appear set for an offensive on the main stronghold of the rebellion there. opposition fighters were routed from a key city yesterday opening the way to their base in benghazi. in his newest comment gadhafi called the rebels rats and also claimed only hundreds not thousands have been killed in the fighting. >>> and with that, here's a look at your wednesday weather. a wet day from san francisco north with seattle expecting heavy rain. up to 2 feet of snow in the
from okinawa and dozens more transport helicopters have moved up the coast of japan. at least 100 air force personnel are working to restore electricity to an air base near the most effected areas. and the 150-member search and rescue teams from virginia and california that have been called upon in so many tragedies, will be moving out into the stricken towns. an indication just how desperate the japanese are for aid, in the 1995 earthquake there where 6,000 people died, the japanese refused most foreign aid. this time they are accepting aid from even rivals like china and south korea. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> that is certainly telling. >>> now, at ground level, as you can imagine, it is hard to exactly take in the size and scope of the destruction in japan. abc's christiane amanpour has a different perspective after taking an aerial tour. >> reporter: with search and rescue under way in the earthquake and tsunami zone, we wondered how much of the country is affected by this kind of chaos and destruction. the helicopters taking on fuel and we're going up to the sendai
. >>> here are the developments we're following this morning on the disaster in japan. president obama is allowing family members of u.s. government workers in japan to evacuate. arrangements are being made for charter flights. an earlier white house order told americans in japan to stay at least 50 miles away from the fukushima nuclear plant. japanese military helicopters have been dropping water on that crippled plant today. they're hoping the aerial assault will cool off the reactors and avoid a total meltdown. >>> the japanese stock market opened lower today. taking back yesterday's gains. the yen soared to a new high against the dollar on the currency markets. >>> finally, while the world watches the tragic events in japan, many wonder what we can do here to help. this includes one little massachusetts girl. >> she sprang into action selling her most precious items in hopes that she can help those who need it the most. here's tricia taskey of our affiliate wggb. >> here. >> this is autumn. and it's going to be hard for me to give her away. >> reporter: 7-year-old sage freeman is p
, and los angeles are joining rescuers from japan and other countries. highly drained dogs are able to detect live victims who might be buried in the debris. the teams land the at a u.s. air base about 150 miles north of sendai. >>> the nuclear fears from this crisis in japan are only raising concerns here in the u.s. what if such a disaster ever hit us here at home? david kerley has more on that. >> reporter: japan had never declared a nuclear emergency. it is dealing with six runaway reactors. two in dire shape. >> two reactors now where we have core that is partially melted. this is unprecedented. >> reporter: the good news, inside those buildings, the hot nuclear cores and their primary containment housings are said to be intact. but with no electricity, the japanese are reportedly using firetrucks, taking the drastic step of pumping sea water into the cores and flooding the containment housings of both reactors. a last-ditch effort to cool the cores to stop the nuclear reaction. >> we are at a reactor tipping point. either over the next 24 to 48 hours they'll get coal of these
the nikkei down about 8%. that came despite several moves by japan's central bank to try to stabilize that fragile economy. >>> the u.s. military is operating helicopter rescue missions off the aircraft carrier "uss ronald reagan" and so far this morning they've rescued stranded survivors, delivered supplies and helped move injured to the hospital. as our christiane amanpour found out, so many much is needed. >> translator: i need food. i'm running out of food, says this business woman. the good news is some aid was prepositioned. part of japan's earthquake preparedness. we're trying to feed 2,000 people, maybe more. we'll continue as long as our rice lasts, says this aid worker. but the rice, like the rest of the supplies, is not nearly enough. so much more is needed and the effort is heshg lee yan. we saw that firsthand at the red cross command center here. what is your biggest challenge right now? >> the biggest challenge is for our relief operation at this moment is logistics. >> reporter: much of northern japan's infrastructure is in tathers as we saw from the air. coastal roads,
the every-changing situation in japan. we'll have live updates on "america this morning" and later on "good morning america." also stay up to date any time at >>> moving on to other news beginning with libya. four "new york times" journalists who have been covering the fighting there are now missing. pull its zero prize winning reporter anthony shadid, stephen farrell and photographers tyler hicks and linsey add dario were last heard from on tuesday. meanwhile, moammar gadhafi's forces have been battling rebels in a key city in eastern libya. there could be a vote today in the u.n. security council on whether to impose a no-fly zone over libya. >>> meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton was in cairo talking through an unscheduled stroll -- taking an unscheduled stroll through tahrir square, the symbolic center of egypt's revolution. she urged egyptians to not let extremists ruin what they've already accomplished. clinton saying she will not stay on as the nation's top diplomat if president obama is re-elected. she also says she has no interest in another run for the whit
the quake, waves of terror washed upon japan's shores. wiping out towns, roads, everything in its way. >> the sheer scope of the disaster caused delays in rescue efforts in many cities, including kesennuma. the bbc rupert winfield hayes was there when rescue teams arrived three days after the quake. >> reporter: in kesennuma, reality has been turned on its head. a large ship sits on a dock side. a fishing boat on top of a car. a car on top of a fence. and a house in the middle of the street. this was kesennuma on friday as the massive tsunami swept in, tossing boats aside like children's toys, uprooting houses and turning the city streets into torrents of angry blackwater. much of kesennuma is still under water and walled in by mountains of debris. every street we tried to get down is jammed with piles of cars. even the rescuers are struggling to find a way in. when they do, mostly what they're finding are bodies. this one, a man found trapped underneath a car. nearby, i find this man. his house has been completely destroyed. you can see the tide mark at the top of
much. >>> president obama insists the radiation set to reach the west coast from japan today is not at a dangerous level. but the government has deployed dozens of radiation sensors now running around the clock. now, they send data directly into computers at epa, which have not yet reported any increased radiation. >>> and as a precaution, airline passengers, luggage and cargo arriving in the u.s. from japan are now being screened for potentially harmful levels of radiation. customs agents say so far they've only detected small amounts of radiation in some cargo at several u.s. airports. now, none was high enough to cause any concern. >>> now, with that let's take a look at your friday forecast. a busy news day. heavy rain from seattle to san francisco. up to 2 feet of snow in sierra. lighter in cascades and rockies. light rain from cincinnati to st. louis and louisville. scattered showers for upstate new york and northern new england. >> and spring-like day along the east coast. nearly 70 degrees here in new york. very welcomed. and also shy of 80 degrees in atlanta. 50s fro
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the internet was a life line to people in the middle of japan's multiple disasters, but also to people everywhere who were just trying to understand it all. >> it's the first place you turn for any kind of information. of course, yahoo! web life editor heather cabot joins us now with more on those searches and other trends this week. good morning, heather. >> reporter: good morning. the crisis in japan continues to dominate searches on yahoo! it's been more than a week since the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on the island nation. the rescue and recovery efforts coupled with the threat of nuclear disaster sent people online to find real-time photos, videos and, of course, the latest news. yahoo! users wanted to know more about the threat of radiation exposure and how it's treated. after multiple explosions rocked the fukushima power plant, searches for preventive measures including potassium iodide tablets spiked 150% this week. people wanted to understand how far radiation can travel, which other countries could be affected and they also looked back at the history of other n
appearance in a week. >>> now onto japan and some major developments this morning. there are new concerns about radiation in tokyo. >> that's after some new test results there on tap water. abc's akiko fujita is live for us in northern japan. hi, akiko. >> reporter: good morning to you. the news out of japan has not been all too promising on the nuclear front today. we've just learned from tokyo water bureau officials that they have found levels of radioactive iodine in some city tap water. and those measured two times the recommended limit for infants. officials say the water is not an immediate health risk to adults but they have asked parents to stop giving their babies tap water. now, that adds to the list of products that have been effected by radiation leaks. vegetables, including broccoli and spinach, raw milk, even sea water have all been tainted. this came on a day when a spike in radiation levels forced workers to pull out of reactor number two at fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. they have been working to restore there -- restore the power there and stabilize the plant. the setb
are sharing their pain. akiko fujita, abc news, japan. >>> and the fbi is now involved in the search for amying girl in connecticut. 12-year-old isabella oleschuk was reported missing by her parents on sunday morning. she is partially deaf. searchers have been fanning out by her home for fear she might not hear her name being called. several sightings but so far nothing. >>> you guys won't believe this story. a 92-year-old woman in florida is at the center of a very serious but admittedly bizarre story. when she didn't get what she wanted from her next door neighbor on money, helen got so angry, she opened fire. wait until you hear what she wanted. melly holt from wftv reports. >> reporter: 92-year-old helen wanted a kiss and when she didn't get one from 53-year-old neighbor dwight bettener monday afternoon, marion county deputies say she got angry. >> there's three holes here in the wall and one hole in the window. and then, of course, one in my car. >> reporter: he told us his home was hit by a barrage of bullets shortly after he finished a conversation with his elderly next door n
questions about who is really responsible. i'm david wright in osaka, japan. >>> and now to an environmental scare closer to home. over the weekend a mile's long patch of sludge showed up in the gulf of mexico and washed up on the shores of louisiana's jefferson parish. the coast guard collected samples and officials say it does not appear to be from the bp oil spill. they say it is probably sediment washed into the gulf from the mississippi river. >>> the suspect in a grizzly murder at a yoga shop will be in court today. brittany norwood has been charged with first-degree murder. police say she killed her coworker and created an elaborate rouse to hide the crime. >> reporter: police say it was a fair of shoes that tipped them off. the crime scene had two sets of bloody footprints but one looked like it was faked. when police found norwood bound and gagged, they say the position she was tied up in was suspicious, with her hands tied above her head, she may have tied herself up. >> as we began analyzing the forensic evidence and looked at the medical reports, it was not supporting what the --
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. >> reporter: in the wake of the disaster in japan, president obama and nuclear experts have expressed confidence. they say u.s. power plants are safe. that may not be enough to ease public concerns. new polling last week found a sharp decline in the percentage of americans who support building new nuclear plants. so far, that fear has not spread to capitol hill. lawmakers are certainly raising concerns but nuclear energy still has bipartisan support. >> i'm not persuaded that nuclear power should be deleted from the list of options that we look at. >> i wouldn't, if i were the president, sign an executive order to freeze all construction of nuclear plants as the president froze all drilling in the gulf coast after that disaster down there. >> reporter: right now there are 104 nuclear reactors across the united states. these facilities account for just 20% of the nation's electricity. far less than countries like japan and france. nuclear power there makes up 70% of the total electrical output. and developing nations such as schin that and india are moving quickly to catch up. the chin
a press conference with japan's nuclear industrial safety agency. this is clearly troubling news because this raises the possibility that radiation from the reactor which combines uranium and plutonium, could be released. this all comes on a day when work resumed at fukushima daiichi plant just 24 hours after three workers suffered from radiation burns while attempting to replace a cable at one of the reactors. two remain in the hospital. the injuries halt halted work at the plant yesterday but crews are back out at the plant, trying to cool the reactors. the death toll continues to rise from the quake and tsunami. we learned today from the japanese national police agency that more than 10,000 are now confirmed dead. more than 17,000 still missing. it has been two weeks since the quake hit and hope for any survivors is fading with every day. on the economic front, there is more fallout from the disasters in northeast japan. nissan is considering moving some of their production lines from japan to the u.s. they are the latest carmaker to announce changes to the production as a result of t
earthquake warnings are really hitting home, especially after the disaster in japan. also the devastating crisis we've seen in haiti and new zealand as well. see who's prepared here in the u.s. and who is not. you think earthquakes you think california but that's not the hot spot in the country. it's crazy. >> a lot of other zones. it would surprise you. >>> also ahead, the millions of taxpayer dollars that should be helping companies develop alternative energy. well, where is that money really going? why is congress now investigating? >>> later this half hour, the nonprofit company that developed a web browser that competes with microsoft's internet explorer. see why the new version of firefox is so different. daniel sieberg techs it out. i like to say that. >> techs it out. >>> a major wake-up call for our nation in the wake of suffering overseas. it comes from our top scientists saying the u.s. is nowhere near prepared for a major earthquake. >> which is really scary. 39 of the 50 states, in fact, are at moderate to high risk for an earthquake. one of the riskiest states is tennessee,
gunfire from ground forces loyal to the government. >>> meanwhile, now more radiation from japan has been detected right here in the u.s. this time it's very low levels of radiation found in milk in washington state. >> hard to believe. but the levels are way too low to cause concern, from what we're hearing. in japan itself, progress at that crippled nuclear plant is hard to come by. t.j. winick has the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. if you're having a hard time figuring out how the recovery operation is going in japan at that nuclear power plant, you're not alone. day after day, heart break in japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast. this week yet another mass burial. this no denying the scope of this country's tredy. but at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, the threat appears to change day to day. even hour to hour. >> workers can only go in for 30 minutes, getting a fuel year's dose of radiation. this is really bad. >> reporter: that assessment was just one week ago. we were told plant workers were essentially engaged in a suicide mission. one writi
regime. >> also japan's nuclear crisis got even shakier this morning when the country was hit by yet another serious quake. also new reports of damaged fuel rods at the fukushima nuclear plant. we'll have the latest. >> and we'll lighten the mood later this half hour. march madness is not really madness to one talented teen out there. i'll introduce to you a guy who keeps tabs on college basketball like nobody else. you won't believe how much he's done at such a young age. >> you're in first place with the competition. >> not bragging yet. >>> first let's get down to the headlines. there are reports rebels have taken moammar gadhafi's hometown of sirte. >> that would be a big victory for the reb. s. they were aided by international air strikes overnight. >> continued u.s. involvement in the operation may be a tough sell. so the administration is now taking its case directly to the people today. abc's david kerley reports. >> do you think libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the united states? >> no, no. it was not a vital national interest to the united states but it was an in
. you'll find breaking developments any time on >>> and now to japan where efforts to cool that crippled nuclear facility are under way. >> that is amid fears about food contaminated by radioactivity and a death toll from the whole catastrophe that continues to rise. >> we go to abc's akiko fujita live in kamaishi, japan. >> reporter: good morning. we just learned power has been restored to reactors number three, four and five. and it is just the news japanese officials have been waiting for. that's key because that power will eventually get everything running in a way that cools down the reactors and adds cooling water to spent fuels that are leaking radiation. now, they've also been working on the replacement pumps. if that starts working, enough sea water is pumped into reactors and spent pool fuels, officials believe they could stabilize the plant. meaning, bring the temperatures back to a safe cooling place. they are expected to resume water-spraying operations later today as well. now, traces of radiation found in vegetables and water remain a concern and shipments of
sure to stay with abc news. >>> now shifting gears to japan this morning where the staggering pain and loss from the aftermath of that devastating earthquake and tsunami have now been given a number. the world bank says the disaster has caused $235 billion in damage, even as the nuclear fallout now spreads. but as david wright reports there are also moments of joy. >> reporter: dramatic bit of hopeful news, a miracle rescue. rescuers freed this 80-year-old woman and her grandson trapped since the tsunami. she was apparently pinned under her fridge and the two survived nine days eating yogurt from the fridge until the grandson flagged down rescuers by standing on the rooftop. the japanese coast guard released dramatic new video of the tsunami before it hit shore. that dark shadow on the horizon is the wave. as it passes right under the bow of the coast guard, you get a sense of just how enormous it is. silent footage, but it is jaw-dropping. on land, they're still dealing with the damage wrought by that wave, mostly at fukushima daiichi power plant. the plant has already contaminate
, ras lanuf in libya. >>> in the pacific, japan was rocked by yet another earthquake that at any other time the country would have shrugged off. the magnitude 6.5 quake did trigger a tsunami alert in the northeast right where that magnitude 9.0 quake struck just just two weeks ago. the warning was lifted after a short time and no damage of new injuries or damages. >>> the latest earthquake rattled fukushima where a battle to avert nuclear disaster is still undecided. this morning we have new pictures of how badly damaged those reactors are, also how badly the crisis has been managed. david wright has the story. >> reporter: new aerial images of the smoldering nuclear cauldron that refuses to be brought under control. at reactor number one the roof is completely gone. reactors two and three have holes in the roof and steam is leaking out. reactor four, the walls are gone. that yellow ball is the top of the containment vessel. inside the control room for reactor two, workers had finally managed to restore power and turn on the lights. they were measuring ra
in japan at that nuclear power plant, you're not alone. day after day, heart break in japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast. this week yet another mass burial. there is no denying the scope of this country's tragedy. but at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, the threat appears to change day to day. even hour to hour. >> workers can only go in for 30 minutes, getting a fuel year's dose of radiation. this is really bad. >> reporter: that assessment was just one week ago. we were told plant workers were essentially engaged in a suicide mission. one writing in an e-mail, if we're in hell now, all we can do is crawl up toward heaven. then we hear from american dr. robert gale, who spent years working in chernobyl and now in japan. this is his take on the workers. >> i don't think that they are at extraordinary risk unless something really goes wrong. >> reporter: so, why the mixed messages? >> until about a week ago, they didn't even have electricity there, which meant they were truly in the dark. that is, they had no lights, they had no instrumentation. >> reporter: after all, last we
for democratic protesters in syria or other middle eastern nations. >>> in turning to japan, the automotive fallout from the earthquake is now spreading in this country. honda is temporarily cutting production at north american auto factories starting today all because of parts shortages. toyota is telling its u.s. dealers to stop ordering certain replacement parts made in japan unless they're needed for specific repairs. >>> the head of the utility that owns the fukushima nuclear plant is now hospitalized. he was brought in today with high blood pressure as well as some dizziness. meanwhile, u.s. robots will soon be moving through dangerous areas of that stricken facility. the robots will provide video and take readings of radiation levels there. the japanese are now offering $5,000 every day to be a front-line geiger counter operator, checking areas for radiation ahead of clean-up workers. >>> and this is becoming an all-too familiar scene in japan. a mass burial for earthquake and tsunami victims. the overwhelming number of victims has forced the japanese to abandon their traditional cre
, it is no man's land in northeast japan. we'll take you to the evacuation zone. some people are refusing to leave. >> mind-boggling. >>> coming up a bit later, the technology many car buyers now demand. we'll help you keep track of high-tech computers hitting new car show rooms. some of these cars you need a manual constantly. >> it's not the muffler, carburetor it's the microchip. >> yes, very smart these cars. >>> the nation's highest court looks ready to block a massive sex discrimination suit against walmart. >> several justices suggested the suit was unfair. both to walmart and to the women who are now suing. t.j. winick joining us with details on the landmark case. >> reporter: good morning. the case before the supreme court focuses on how an iconic american retailer allegedly treats its female employees. the plaintiffs accuse walmart of passing them over for promotions, paying them less than men and foster an environment where sexism is pervasive. >> before i got promoted, when i was asking what i needed to do, i was told to blow the cob webs off my makeup and doll up. >> reporter
it is becoming more and more apparent the scope of the earthquake and tsunami tragedy. it appears japan may have caught a break earlier despite a cloud of smoke escaping from two buildings at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. >> the source of that smoke is unknown, although there is indication that there's been no increase in temperature or in radioactivity. >> reporter: and there has been progress. high-voltage power has been reconnected to three of the crippled reactors, making it possible to start the cooling system. >> my assessment doesn't change. it continues to be very serious. >> reporter: more than 13,000 people have been reported missing since the earthquake and tsunami days ago. among the rubble, this man discovered the body of his wife. >> translator: can't accept it but at least the body has been found. >> reporter: in miyagi prefeek tour, this woman is still looking for her husband. she says she believes he is safe somewhere but is afraid he could be suffering. there is now widespread concern over radiation that's leeched into the food supply. milk, spinach and other leafy veget
but many parents did not. also get the latest on japan's latest challenge to clean up all of that damage. >> the loss of human life is just -- >> it's so sad. you think about kids without their parents, it's pretty tough. >>> later this half hour as we take a break from our top story, we'll update you on a pretty bad dancer but who is now one traveling the world, getting others to join in his sensation. >> his new job. >> that's right. >>> first, the capital of libya has come under another intense round of firepower from u.s.-led forces. >> in fact, dozens of targets have been hit by more than 60 allied air strikes over the past day. the bbc's allan little reports now from tripoli. >> reporter: from the ground you cannot tell what is being hit but you hear the impact of the missile strikes and the distant rumble of the blasts. what you see is the libyan response, anti-aircraft fire, aiming at aircraft that are too high or missiles that are too fast to be vulnerable. a government spokesman warned all this would plunge yet another arab country into bloody civil war.
. meanwhile, the list of countries banning food and milk imports from japan are growing. the usda has already halted imports of dairy good and produce from the affeeffected a. tiny amounts of fallout from japanese nuclear plant have been detected as far away as iceland, according to the country's radiation safety authority. they say it could reach france and other european countries soon, but again, it's important to note, experts insist they pose no health risks. peggy and rob? >> shocking to here how far away they are, finding that radiation. akiko fujita, thank you so much. >>> serious questions being asked in detroit now that more details are known about a potentially disastrous situation there. police removed a device from the city's federal building on friday. it turned out to be a bomb. here's the stunning part in all this. the the package was inside the building for three weeks. it had been carried inside by a security guard and left in a lost and found room. an x-ray revealed content. guards are getting more training now on security protocol. >>> in the middle east, israel has begun
making even the skies above libya still very dangerous. rob and peggy? >>> in japan the president of the utility that runs the fukushima nuclear plant is now in a hospital suffering from high blood pressure and dizziness. meanwhile japan's government is making a grave admission. it says safety measures meant to protect nuclear plants from earthquakes were not sufficient. u.s. is sending robots to japan. they will enter areas in that crippled plant where radiation levels are just too high for humans. >>> in northern california, communities are tallying up the cost of damage from a series of recent rain storms. one of the most hard hit places, hercules in the san francisco bay area. an unstable hillside has doomed several homes and others are now in jeopardy. families are being told to get out and get out fast. kgo's wayne freedman reports. >> reporter: this is the hill that soaked up the water that streams into gutters. if that was the end of it, a hercules neighborhood and barbara and billy would not be in a state of crisis. >> this has cast a lot of doubt over the direction of my
rallied in the neighborhood where the libyan leader lives. >>> and now to the nuclear crisis in japan. three workers at the crippled power plant were injured today after being exposed to radiation. just yesterday workers there were forced to evacuate when smoke spewed from a reactor. also this morning, water restrictions in tokyo have now been lifted. new tests on tap water show levels of radioactive iodine have fallen in the city of tokyo. higher levels yesterday forced officials to ban children from drinking that tap water. >>> in israel forces are strike hitting back at hamas targets this morning after a deadly bombing in jerusalem. there's new violence in other middle eastern countries intent on reform. lama hasan reports. >> reporter: it is the bloodiest attack in downtown jerusalem in seven years. the two pound bomb was reportedly left in a bag by the side of the road near a busy bus station. this latest attack in the holy city comes as israel has been pounding the eastern part of gaza city after palestinian militants fired two rockets into southern israel. islamic jihads said t
. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning. the news out of japan is getting worse and worse. workers are continuing to struggle to stabilize those nuclear reactors, but it's just not working. and now there's a crisis of confidence in the nation because of one very big mistake on the part of the company. after weeks of uncertainty and confusion, many japanese have had enough. no more fukushimas," they chant, during a protest at the tokyo power company headquarters. this person says, we should not have had nuclear plants from the beginning. that sense of fear over the stricken fukushima facility is growing. traces of plutonium have been detected in the soil outside the plant. though tepco says it's not a public threat. new video shows smoke billowing from reactors two and three. the very reactors officials acknowledge have damaged fuel rods and may be partially melting down. highly radioactive water from reactor two is spilling out into a ditch, spreading to reactors one and three. company officials confirmed some of that liquid has seeped into sea water. tepco's al
it on changing demand due to problems in both japan and in libya. this week prices hit the highest level since 2008. americans are paying an average now of $3.60 a gallon. that is up three cents from last week and 80 cents more than this time last year. >>> and a close call for some bus passengers in china. take a look at this video. an overloaded truck as it hits a overpass leaving a giant cement hazard in the roadway. the bus stops seconds before crashing into it. inside camera shows sleepy passengers being jarred awake. they bust into cheers for the driver who saved them from serious injury. >> good to see one with a happy ending. >> unbelievable. >>> also this close call for some kids in washington state. they were playing in the mud in the town of medical lake when that -- when the lake started acting like quicksand. two of them, a boy and girl, became stuck. more now from colleen o'brien from abc affiliate kxny. >> reporter: brothers caleb and andrew were out for an afternoon of adventuring with friend when they found this -- a mud pit so big no kid could resist. >> it looks fun. >> repo
can blame skyrocketing gas prices on the crisis in japan and also the turmoil in libya. due to change in demand, gas prices rose for the 13th week in a row to the highest level in nearly three years. american are paying an average of $3.60 per gallon. that is up 80 cents since last year. >>> some other mys this morning, russian spy anna chapman was caught here in the u.s. and then, of course, dpee parted but she didn't go home in disgrace and she didn't exactly disappear welcome back into the shadows. instead she's got public in a very big way, except when it comes to her exploits as a secret agent. nick watt has her story. >> reporter: flamed hair femme fatale, undercover party girl. chapman was, well, the best looking of the russian spies spent home in disgrace. now she's got her own tv show. mysteries of the world with anna chapman. >> i never saw myself as a tv star. like, you know, most people, they dream of being a tv star, like they dream of fame. it never happened to me. i never even thought of that. >> reporter: the saucy spy posed for racy magazine spreads. there are anna ch
on administrative leave. he was already expected to leave npr in may. >>> they are bracing for aftershocks in japan today following a powerful earthquake there. the epicenter was a coastal town about 200 miles northeast of tokyo. the magnitude 7.2 earthquake was strong enough to literally shake buildings in tokyo. japanese television captured it all. there are no immediate reports, though, of damage or injuries. there was a minor tsunami along the coast. >>> actor ben affleck is urging lawmakers on capitol hill to pay more attention to the unfolding crisis in congo. affleck teamed up with cindy mccain, wife of senator john mccain, to highlight the widespread suffering in the african country. congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. it has been in near constant turmoil since 1996. >> we are the odd couple, perhaps, in politics but that's the beauty of this, because this transcends political parties. >> we strongly believe that if we continue to place congo on the back burner of u.s. policy, it will indeed come back to haunt us. the federal budget may be a zero sum game but our morality, o
of the country. >> also ahead in this half hour, today's concerns from japan about the fears over radioactivity. there's now a growing scare about the nuclear crisis and its impact on food and water supplies. we'll bring you the latest live. >> and later, of course, the unforgettable elizabeth taylor. her many talents on and off screen and the loss of a hollywood icon. >> feels like an era is over. >> doesn't it? very sad. >>> we begin with a powerful storm system that has brought snow, rain, gusty winds and even a few tornados to widespread sections of the consistent today. >> it's a threat far from over as this nasty system treks toward the northeast with winter storm advisories, watches and warnings. abc's brad wheelis reports on the damage left behind. >> reporter: neighborhoods in suburban pittsburgh were blown apart by reported tornado along with powerful winds and hail. roofs were torn off homes and debris was tossed around yards. at least 40 homes and a school in hempfield were damaged moments after last night's funnel cloud sighting. >> i was scar
korea. >> china. >> reporter: and the plate was from japan. >> yes. >> reporter: is there anything made in america on this table? >> does not appear to be that way. >> reporter: hey, landon -- even the children's rooms. what about your texas hat here? >> let's see. bangladesh. >> reporter: so, this is your room. little ellis and her prized american girl dolls. right there, what does it say? made in -- >> china. >> reporter: she saw us checking her parents' living rooms. what about barbies. where is your couch made from? >> see, right here. >> reporter: china. you might laugh but in the 1960s nine out of every ten products americans bought were made in america. today half of what we buy is foreign made. we wondered, could they manage without any foreign-made products at all? so, we're going to ask you if you would leave your own house in our hands. and they did. >> bye, david. >> reporter: you're really going to leave me with your house? >> it's all yours. >> reporter: take one last look. just me and the dog left. as they drove away, they had no idea what they had already learned was jus
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